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Gonzaga still No. 1 in AP Top 25; Baylor back at No. 2

Field Level Media
09 Mar 2021, 04:19 GMT+10

Gonzaga remained where it has been all season -- No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 -- with Baylor returning to its familiar No. 2 spot in the latest basketball poll, released Monday.

Gonzaga (24-0) earned 61 of 63 first-place votes to stay at No. 1 for the 16th straight week. Should the Bulldogs remain No. 1 and go on to win the NCAA championship, they would be the first team since Kentucky in 2014-15 to go wire to wire.

Baylor (21-1) captured the other two first-place votes and moved back to the second spot after one week at No. 3.

Last week's No. 2, Michigan (19-3), fell to No. 4 after losing to Illinois and Michigan State on the week. The Illini (20-6) moved up to No. 3. Iowa (20-7) remained No. 5, giving the Big Ten three teams in the top five for the fourth straight week.

Rounding out the top 10 were Alabama (21-6), Houston (21-3), Arkansas (21-5), Ohio State (18-8) and West Virginia (18-8).

Arkansas, with wins over South Carolina and Texas AM on the week, climbed four spots to No. 8. The Razorbacks moved into the top 10 for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

Villanova (16-5) fell four places to No. 14 after dropping a 54-52 decision to Providence on Saturday and losing point guard Collin Gillespie to a season-ending knee injury.

Kansas (19-8), which fell out of the poll earlier this season, continued its climb back toward the top 10 and climbed two spots to No. 11, followed by Oklahoma State (18-7), Texas (17-7), Villanova and Florida State (15-5).

Taking the biggest tumble of the week was Oklahoma, losers of four games in a row. The Sooners (14-9) fell nine places from No. 16 to No. 25 after losses to Oklahoma State and Texas on the week.

Southern California (21-6) re-entered the poll at No. 24, with Wisconsin falling out.

--Field Level Media

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